Go Ahead, Let Your Multiple Talents Shine

As you may know by now, I have decided to focus my efforts solely on one of the two home- based businesses that I have owned and operated for the past three years. Even though I am operating one business now instead of two, I feel as though it is important to make sure that I do not put all of my eggs into one basket. Now, more than ever, I am focusing on providing a variety of freelance writing services to a fairly diverse set of clients. I firmly believe that having multiple talents, or talents which can translate … Continue reading

Crazy for Cards

I remember when I got my first set of business cards.  I was elected as a member of the Hawaii State Board of Education and scored a box of fancy schmancy cards featuring a border of gold foil. I was 17 years old, though the cards made me feel at least 27. Since then, I’ve subsequently obtained more than a dozen other business cards from the myriad of companies which I’ve been gainfully employed. Whether you are a Fortune 500 CEO or running a small home business, having an official card to hand out to present and future clients is vital. … Continue reading

Working From Home Can Fit Any Lifestyle

When you work from home, you have the power to figure out exactly how and when to fit your work into your day. For a stay – at – home parent, the amount of flexibility that working from home provides can make the difference between being able to bring in a little bit of income to help with personal or family expenses and not being able to work at all. Of course, since the parenting part of a stay – at – home parent’s day is constantly evolving and changing based upon the needs of the children, it is important … Continue reading

Tips for Working on Vacation

One of the benefits of owning and operating your own business is that you can often take your work with you when you go out of town for a vacation. The flip side of this is that taking along the supplies (folders of papers and your computer) to do the work does not necessarily guarantee that you will get much work done. Based upon the past few years of my experience as a home – based professional, I have come to believe that the general rule regarding getting work done on vacation is “When planning your vacation, decide how much … Continue reading

Home Based Work Provides Flexibility for Families

Home – based work carries with it all kinds of potential for a much more flexible lifestyle than working at a traditional job can offer. Often, home – based professionals are in control of the role that work plays in their lives, especially the amount of hours that they spend working and when those hours take place. If one or more of the people in a household are free to make choices about when and how much to work, the entire family can benefit. Home – based work can enable adults to pursue educational opportunities that they may not be … Continue reading

Go Green With Home Based Work

Working from home is wonderful for many reasons. If living an environmentally sustainable lifestyle is important to you, working from home can enable you to combine your career ambitions with your personal values. At the most basic level, imagine all of the gasoline and greenhouse gas emissions that you would save by cutting out your commute, not to mention the time that you would save. In both the United States and elsewhere, the average commute to work is about a half hour each way. Some people have even longer commutes, driving an hour or more each day to and from … Continue reading

How Can Freelancing Benefit People Who Have Jobs?

Did you know that working part time from home as a freelancer may be beneficial for you even if you are currently employed in work outside of the home? There are several ways that doing freelance work, even if it is just a little bit here and there or for a few hours a week, can be of use to people who are employed outside of the home. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but perhaps it will get you thinking about whether picking up a little freelance work could be beneficial to you. One major reason … Continue reading

Tips for New Freelancers

When you are a new freelance writer who is hungry for work, it can be tempting to bid on any and all projects that you see. While enthusiasm is good, it is important that you take steps to safeguard your time and your work. While many freelance writing jobs are advertised by well meaning buyers who are willing to pay what they say that they will pay for work which meets their expectations, there are some bad apples out there. The best defense against unscrupulous buyers is to be selective about which projects you bid on. Here are a few tips that … Continue reading

Talking With Others is a Valuable Decision Making Tool

Sometimes, just when you think that you have a major decision all figured out, something happens that causes you to change course. In my case, I am in the process of making a major decision about one of my home – based businesses. I had thought that I had figured out which way to go with it, but once I started thinking about how proceeding in that direction would affect the total picture of my life and my family’s life, I realized that my initial thought about which way to decide might not be the best choice once all things … Continue reading

Should You Go Into Business Alone or With Others?

One decision that you will have to make when you decide to create your own home – based business is whether you will go into business by yourself or with one or more other people. There are both benefits and drawbacks to each approach, and it is definitely a topic that requires serious consideration. Here are a few of the common pros and cons of opening a home – based business on your own and of opening a business involving one or more other people. I will begin with the type of business that I’m most familiar with, being in … Continue reading